Putting Patients First: Improving Health Outcomes for Hispanic Americans

As part of CMS’ ongoing efforts to put patients first and empower them to work with their providers so that they make health care decisions that are best for them and their families, we want to recognize the importance of understanding the challenges and recognizing the diversity within our communities. We want to take this opportunity to look at health and health outcomes of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. The first step to establish understanding is to have data informed strategy that allows us to increase understanding and awareness of the diversity within the Hispanic community and identify challenges they may face in accessing care that meets their needs.

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